When was the last time you gave your pee a really good, hard look? You might not know this, but the color of your urine says a lot about you and your body’s general health. Since the earliest days of medicine, the color of one’s urine has been an excellent tool for diagnosing various ailments. So even though inspecting your own urine might sound like a disgusting task, it turns out that it could do you a world of good.
Even if you’re very healthy, you might just find something interesting you didn’t know about yourself. And while you can tell a lot from examining your urine, you still can’t tell as much as a doctor could with a thorough urine test, so if you’re seeing or experiencing anything concerning while urinating, make sure to contact a urologist immediately.
If your pee is totally transparent or clear it means you’re drinking a lot of water. You can over-drink water, so unless you’re extremely active, don’t drink more than the daily recommended amount.
A nice pale yellow generally indicates that you’re healthy and are well hydrated.
A darker yellow isn’t indicative of anything unhealthy, but you could be slightly dehydrated.
Amber or Honey
Amber or honey colored urine means your body is not getting enough water. Get a glass and hydrate!
Darker urine that starts to take on a syrupy shade of brown or a darker brown ale color can indicate that you have liver disease. It could also suggest severe dehydration. If your urine looks brown, it’s best to contact a doctor ASAP.
Pink or Red
Don’t panic yet. If you’ve recently had some very deep red foods such as beets, sometimes your urine can take on a pinkish hue. Pinkish or red urine can also suggest serious health problems such as kidney issues, infections, tumors, or even mercury poisoning.
Orange urine can point to dehydration but could also indicate a liver or bile duct condition.
There is a genetic disease that can be responsible for turning your urine green or even blue. Certain bacteria and infections can also cause green urine, as can harmless food dyes or medications.
Like green urine, blue urine can be caused by a rare genetic disease. It can also indicate infection or it can simply be a result of food dyes or medications.
Few things cause purple urine. Call a doctor if you have it.
Frothy or Foamy
Froth or foam in your urine is generally harmless if it’s not a regular thing. Persistently frothy urine could suggest kidney problems or that you need to reduce your protein intake. See a doctor if it’s consistent.
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